On each transportation tip for cities and communities in San Diego we all say a car is a MUST! It is hard to add this tip to each of my San Diego pages with out becoming repetitive. So, this time I'm showing a dream car but telling about the least expensive rental company you'll find in the area.
Bargain Auto Rentals is on Rosecrans Street, not far from PB. The daily base price for an economy car is $19.95 a day. Full coverage insurance is $15.00 a day. This beats almost any other place you could find. Also they will rent to those who are 18--rather than 25--years old. They do allow their cars into Mexico, which most other companies won't.
You will not be able to rent any thing like this car at Bargain, they specialize in less galmorous models, older looking and not the slightest temptation for car theives. So, if you're looking for something "upscale" you should rent from one of the major car rental companies.
Another thing to know is that they charge per mile after 150 miles per day, which is not too big of a deal. Just something you should be aware of especially if you plan on a lot of driving.
Of course, due to leg problems, I drive everywhere, but most of the residents and many visitors in PB skate, roller blade or ride bikes to get around. Rent a bike and join them.
Getting around the beach area of PB is much faster sometimes and if you travel light this is the way to go. The photo seen here was taken near Garnet and Ingrahm streets a mile and a half or so from the beach. The facing hill is actually in La Jolla so don't worry, most of PB is pretty flat.
If you don't bring your own bike you can find a rental place along Mission Boulevard, there are several to choose from.Bicycle Discovery is one that you might find conveneint and not too expensive. It is located at:
742 Felspar Street
(at Ocean Boulevard)
San Diego, CA 92109
When driving around PB remember that most places are on Garnet or Grand (takes you to the beach), or along Mission Bay Blvd. (runs along the beach) so as long as you know that you shouldn't get lost. Parking is a challenge down here especially on weekends or holidays (4th of July) so plan for no parking...and watch out for parking tickets.